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Hudson Line Derailment Recovery Progresses

Crane Lifts Derailed CSX Car to Flatbed
Crane Lifts Derailed CSX Car to Flatbed

Our Hudson Line reconstruction effort, following last week’s derailment of a CSX freight train near Spuyten Duyvil, is making significant progress.

Service Changes

On Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28, a substitute train/bus schedule will be in effect in order to get the rebuilding work done quickly and restore full operating capacity as soon as possible.

See the substitute weekend train/bus schedule here.

Details on the weekend train/bus schedule are as follows.

  • Hourly Hudson Line train service will operate between Poughkeepsie and Yonkers stations through this weekend.
  • For southbound Hudson Line service: trains will serve all stations between Poughkeepsie and Yonkers stations and connect with direct shuttle bus service to the Woodlawn Subway Station for the No. 4 Subway service to 161st-Yankee Stadium and Manhattan.
  • For northbound Hudson Line service: customers should take the No. 4 Subway service uptown from Manhattan/161st-Yankee Stadium to the Woodlawn Subway Station. Shuttle bus service will operate directly to Yonkers Station and connect with train service to Poughkeepsie. Customers should allow additional travel time of 45-60 minutes for the connection between Woodlawn and Yonkers. The last bus for Yonkers departs Woodlawn at 1:30 AM.
  • There will be no Hudson Line Yankees game-day service. Direct Yankees game-day service will operate on the Harlem Line this weekend, including an extra Harlem Line train.
  • Customers are strongly encouraged to use the Harlem Line for points of travel north and south. Hudson Line tickets will be honored on the Harlem Line and most Metro-North Harlem Line stations (see list of stations) provide free weekend parking.
  • Ludlow customers should use Yonkers Station.
  • Customers between Riverdale and Morris Heights stations should use NYCT subway and/or local bus service. There will be no shuttle bus service available.
  • Free subway/bus transfers will be provided.

On Monday, July 29, regular train service will resume with the first AM Peak train.

Progress of Work 
Metro-North and NYC Transit employees responded immediately to the scene, working in grueling weather conditions throughout the weekend to remove derailed cars and containers and return one of the two tracks in that area to service.  Their efforts allowed us to operate a regular Hudson Line schedule during the day starting on Monday morning.  However, there have been scattered delays up to 15 minutes due to the limited operating capacity with one track still out of service.

Over the weekend, we will continue to rebuild the 1,500 feet of damaged track.

From the start, besides the dangerous temperatures, our workforce has faced a significant impediment because the incident occurred in a two-track area bordered by high walls of rock necessitating some removal work to be done manually, rather than using machinery.  At times, equipment would constantly have to be repositioned because of the constrained environment.  As a result, the site conditions have required the work to take significantly longer while we need to ensure the work is done in a safe manner.

We appreciate your patience as we continue our recovery and reconstruction efforts.  We will continue to provide you with updates on our website and you can sign up for free email or text message service updates. 

See a video of one of the trash containers being picked up by a crane, put on a flat car and removed from the scene of the derailment.

 

Metro-North Locomotive On Scene of Salvage Efforts
Metro-North Locomotive Cleanup Efforts
Derailed Freight Car Lifted Onto Flatbed
Derailed Freight Car Lifted Onto Flatbed
Worker Stands on FLatbed During Derailment Salvage Operations
Workers Stands on Flatbed During Derailment Salvage Operations